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20 October 2009 @ 01:22 pm
I was over on reading an article entitled "Embarrassing Running Problems". Number ten in the list was "Menstrual Concerns". The author, a fellow female, recommended tampons over pads for runners. I decided to send her a nice note telling her I agree that tampons are better than pads, but that I find menstrual cups even better. I told her a little bit about cups and their benefits, listed several of the activities I've done without worry thanks to my cup, and thanked her for her time. She sent me a nice note back and suggested I comment on her article to help out other female readers. Here's what I wrote:

I have something to add for item number 10, Menstrual Concerns. Christine says, “Tampons are recommended over pads for comfort and to avoid chafing. Just make sure you carry an extra one on your long runs during that time of the month.”

I agree that tampons are more convenient than pads, but would recommend menstrual cups over both. I have used a menstrual cup for almost two years now and I can’t believe I went as long as I did without it. I have gone scuba diving, competed in wrestling tournaments, attended yoga classes, boxed, cycled, and led a generally active lifestyle without having to worry about leaks.

A menstrual cup can be safely worn for up to 12 hours at a time and far exceeds the capacity of an “ultra” absorbency tampon (30 ml vs. 15-18 ml of fluid). Furthermore, menstrual cups have not been associated with toxic shock syndrome (TSS), are known to reduce menstrual cramps for some women, and cost less over time because a cup can be used for several years before being replaced. Personally, I use a DivaCup and love it, but there are several other brands available on the market. Some brands, like DivaCup, are made of medical grade silicone. Others, such as The Keeper, are made of natural gum rubber.

In the LiveJournal menstrual_cups community, there is a very informative post about what cups are, the different brands, sizes, and so on. Check it out and browse around while you’re there. The community has a lot of information for those considering cups, those already using them, and those who just want to learn more.

More than anything, I really liked her positive response. She didn't say "ick" or "gross". She seemed genuinely appreciative that someone had told her about cups. Even if they're not for her, perhaps she will pass the word along to other women so they can have the option, too.
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
droodles515 on October 20th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful! I loved what you wrote to her!

I'm a runner and just ran a half marathon in Detroit,MI on day 2 of my period. My large Lunette worked usual!
Despite it being a heavy flow day, not a leak at all.

Today, ran a quick 5-miler with my brand new large Miacup in, and it worked great too!

I could never "carry an extra tampon on long runs". I sweat way to much and they would get soggy in my pocket! lol I used to schedule my long runs for when my flow was lighter. Now I can just run any day I want! yippeeee!
Baby Bloodheartbabybloodheart on October 20th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
I very much like how you worded it, very positive and non-pushy - I could never be so nice :-P

I was good at running but I'm more a walker, pads have chafing (although if I'd know about cloth pads...), but hell tampons were evil, every step I expected leaks - cups, no probs :-)
elizabby: ACup iconelizabby on October 21st, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
Yeah! Tell the world! I advocate for cups on Bikeforums - just in the sense of telling other women that there's this great alternative that really works for me. Even my dh mentions that I'm a better cycling partner (we tandem) now that I have a cup! ;)
erica057: iBoxerica057 on October 21st, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
Not having to carry tampons to the gym and in and out of the bathroom = teh awesome :D
melissa569melissa569 on October 21st, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
I think its great that you passed the word along. I agree, even if she never uses one, she is now armed with info fo others, and that's important :)